|MINNESOTA ( CORREIA )|
KANSAS CITY ( VENTURA )
|919||MINNESOTA||+170||Ov 8,-110||+180||Ov 8,+105|
|920||KANSAS CITY||-180||Un 8,-110||-190||Un 8,-125|
|vs Right-handed Starters||32-40||+0||34-33||4.0||0.241||0.313||4.5||0.271||0.325|
|Past 7 Games||3-4||-0.7||1-6||2.6||0.213||0.283||4.1||0.280||0.311|
|vs Right-handed Starters||41-37||-3.5||38-36||4.2||0.265||0.310||3.9||0.255||0.313|
|Past 7 Games||5-2||+2||3-4||3.4||0.237||0.274||3.6||0.249||0.326|
|7/18/2014||GIBSON(R)||TAMPA BAY||COBB(R)||2-6||L||+110||7.5 ov||O||6||9||0||11||5||0|
|7/19/2014||HUGHES(R)||TAMPA BAY||PRICE(L)||1-5||L||+135||7 ev||U||5||6||1||13||4||1|
|7/20/2014||CORREIA(R)||TAMPA BAY||ARCHER(R)||3-5||L||+120||8.5 ev||U||6||8||1||11||12||2|
|7/24/2014||HUGHES(R)||CHI WHITE SOX||NOESI(R)||2-5||L||-160||8.5 ov||U||3||2||1||11||9||0|
|7/25/2014||CORREIA(R)||CHI WHITE SOX||DANKS(L)||5-9||L||-120||9 ev||O||9||4||2||17||12||0|
|7/26/2014||DARNELL(L)||CHI WHITE SOX||SALE(L)||0-7||L||+160||7.5 un||U||6||8||1||14||6||0|
|7/27/2014||PINO(R)||CHI WHITE SOX||CARROLL(R)||4-3||W||-125||9 un||U||6||4||0||8||5||0|
|7/29/2014||GIBSON(R)||@ KANSAS CITY||SHIELDS(R)||2-1||W||182||7.5 un||U||7||8||0||5||5||2|
|7/30/2014||HUGHES(R)||@ KANSAS CITY||DUFFY(L)||2-3||L||145||7 un||U||7||9||1||9||7||0|
|7/31/2014||CORREIA(R)||@ KANSAS CITY||VENTURA(R)|| |
|8/1/2014||DARNELL(L)||@ CHI WHITE SOX||SALE(L)|| |
|8/2/2014||PINO(R)||@ CHI WHITE SOX||CARROLL(R)|| |
|8/3/2014||GIBSON(R)||@ CHI WHITE SOX||QUINTANA(L)|| |
|8/5/2014||HUGHES(R)||SAN DIEGO||HAHN(R)|| |
|8/6/2014||CORREIA(R)||SAN DIEGO||DESPAIGNE(R)|| |
|8/7/2014|| ||@ OAKLAND|| || |
|7/18/2014||SHIELDS(R)||@ BOSTON||BUCHHOLZ(R)||4-5||L||110||8 un||O||12||8||1||10||8||2|
|7/19/2014||DUFFY(L)||@ BOSTON||DE LA ROSA(R)||1-2||L||120||8 un||U||5||7||1||6||6||1|
|7/20/2014||VENTURA(R)||@ BOSTON||LESTER(L)||0-6||L||145||7.5 un||U||4||6||1||9||10||0|
|7/21/2014||GUTHRIE(R)||@ CHI WHITE SOX||SALE(L)||1-3||L||160||7 ov||U||8||6||1||6||8||0|
|7/22/2014||CHEN(L)||@ CHI WHITE SOX||CARROLL(R)||7-1||W||-145||9 un||U||14||14||0||8||10||2|
|7/23/2014||SHIELDS(R)||@ CHI WHITE SOX||QUINTANA(L)||2-1||W||100||7.5 un||U||10||10||1||6||5||1|
|8/1/2014||GUTHRIE(R)||@ OAKLAND||GRAY(R)|| |
|8/2/2014||CHEN(L)||@ OAKLAND||KAZMIR(L)|| |
|8/3/2014||SHIELDS(R)||@ OAKLAND||CHAVEZ(R)|| |
|8/5/2014||DUFFY(L)||@ ARIZONA||MILEY(L)|| |
|8/6/2014||VENTURA(R)||@ ARIZONA||COLLMENTER(R)|| |
|8/7/2014|| ||@ ARIZONA|| || |
|MINNESOTA: MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - The number is staggering. In the past three years, the Minnesota Twins have lost 291 games. Ninety-nine in 2011. Ninety-six each of the last two seasons.|
A team that was once viewed as a model for succeeding and competing with modest financial resources has been an afterthought for too long now. They have finished last in the AL Central twice and were fourth last season.
So the Twins shed their frugal ways in the offseason, shelling out $73 million to bring in Ricky Nolasco and Phil Hughes to bolster a lagging rotation. They also brought back manager Ron Gardenhire on a two-year deal and moved Joe Mauer from catcher to first base in an effort to protect their franchise player from injury.
''They made a statement: `We don't want to see this again. We don't want to go through this again this summer,''' Gardenhire said.
The Twins said goodbye to longtime first baseman Justin Morneau late last season when general manager Terry Ryan traded him to the Pirates in a stretch-run deal. There weren't many other changes to an offense that has struggled to score runs, but the upgrades to the rotation have given the holdovers some peace of mind that they won't have to score seven runs a game to have a chance to win.
''It's night and day to be honest with you. Terry went out and spent some money on some good arms in Nolasco and Hughes,'' second baseman Brian Dozier said. ''Hughes had a bad year last year but is an All-Star pitcher and I think moving to this park will help him a lot. I think just getting out of New York to be honest with you. ... So we needed to address our pitching staff and Terry did that, and I'm happy about it.''
|KANSAS CITY: KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) - James Shields thinks back to last year, thoughtfully piecing together what was missing from the Kansas City Royals as they made a late push for the postseason.|
The pitching was strong. The offense was coming around. The defense was sublime.
He finally settled on experience.
''These guys that didn't realize or have never been to September, when you're fighting for a playoff spot, now you have that experience,'' Shields said. ''And I think that was one of the things we were lacking last season, the experience. You tend to put too much on your shoulders. And I think the second half we definitely relaxed and put all that aside and had fun and played the game the way we know how to play, and it showed.
''I think with the experience factor now,'' Shields concluded, ''we're ready to go.''
After finishing 86-76 a year ago, and contending into September for the first time in a decade, the Royals have their sets sight squarely on their first playoff appearance since 1985 this year.
Anything less would be a disappointment. Anything less would be a failure.
''Last year was a blast. When the end of the season came in Chicago, nobody wanted to leave,'' first baseman Eric Hosmer said. ''They knew how close we were. We were right there. And it left a good taste in everyone's mouth going into the offseason, knowing how good everyone can be.''
Indeed, the Royals return most of their key players from a year ago, signing left-hander Jason Vargas to replace their only significant loss, starting pitcher Ervin Santana. They also upgraded at their weakest spots, trading for Norichika Aoki to play right field and bat leadoff and signing Omar Infante to settle a second base position that has been a black hole for years.
All of which left the notoriously frugal franchise with a record-setting payroll.
Royals manager Ned Yost hopes all those moves will pay off for a rotation that was among the league's best last year, and an offense that was among the league's worst.
''It's going to be a lineup that has offensive sequence from one to nine. You're not going to have any dead spots,'' Yost said. ''You're not going to get something going and then bam, run into a wall and have to get going again. At least, I hope not. I don't think so.''
So with more experience and an upgraded lineup, Kansas City enters its season opener Sunday at Detroit with boundless enthusiasm.
|~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ PA SPORTSTICKER AL PREVIEW (MINNESOTA-KANSAS CITY) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ |
*Twins-Royals Preview* ======================
By TAYLOR BECHTOLD STATS Writer
Minnesota (48-58) at Kansas City (54-52), 8:10 p.m. EDT
The Kansas City Royals are coming off a rare one-run victory, though their struggles offensively remain a concern.
Now they're hoping to start turning around those troubles by extending Kevin Correia's misery at Kauffman Stadium.
Kansas City goes after its third straight series victory and seventh win in nine games Thursday night when they take on Correia and the last-place Minnesota Twins.
After losing for the AL-worst 21st time in 33 one-run contests in Tuesday's 2-1 defeat in the series opener, the Royals (54-52) won one Wednesday by holding on for a 3-2 victory.
"It doesn't matter what happened the night before," third baseman Mike Moustakas told MLB's official website. "We can't change that, you can't go back and do anything about it so we're worried about today's game."
While Omar Infante and Alex Gordon had three hits apiece, Salvador Perez had an RBI double and played outstanding defense behind the plate as Kansas City remained five games behind AL Central-leading Detroit. Infante halted a 3-for-35 slump and Gordon broke out of a 2-for-19 skid.
The Royals, however, scored all their runs in the sixth inning and have averaged 2.9 over their last 15 games.
Moustakas' RBI double Wednesday is his only hit in his last 16 at-bats, and Lorenzo Cain is batting .143 in his last 13 games. However, Moustakas is 7 for 17 lifetime versus Correia and Cain is 7 for 12.
Correia (5-13, 5.06 ERA) is 0-4 with a 7.08 ERA in four career starts at Kauffman after allowing five runs over six innings in a 5-4 loss April 19. He pitched pretty well in two home matchups with the Royals this year, allowing five runs in 13 innings, but he's 0-5 in nine career starts against them with a 4.91 ERA.
The right-hander has been roughed up in two outings since the All-Star break, getting pulled after four innings in each as he allowed a combined 11 runs and 17 hits.
"That's two bad starts in a row," Correia said after giving up two homers in Friday's 9-5 loss to the Chicago White Sox. "I need to get on another good run here."
Kansas City's Yordano Ventura (7-8, 3.63) is also looking to get on track after posting a 6.75 ERA in his last three starts. Ventura did not factor in the decision Friday when he allowed four runs and two homers over 6 1-3 innings in a 6-4 home win over Cleveland.
He's been more comfortable at home, going 3-2 with a 2.81 ERA in his last six games there. The Twins, however, didn't treat Ventura well at Kauffman on April 20 when they tagged him for four runs and six hits over four innings in an 8-3 win.
Trevor Plouffe tripled and doubled off Ventura in that contest while Brian Dozier went 2 for 3. Plouffe is 0 for 11 in his last three games, but Dozier has ended an 0-for-16 drought by going 3 for 6 in this series.
Minnesota (48-58) has averaged 2.5 runs and batted .165 with runners in scoring position while dropping eight of 12.
Josh Willingham, who has been the subject of trade rumors, provided one of the Twins' few highlights Wednesday with his 11th home run. He's batting .429 over his last five games and has three homers in his past eight.
|Last Updated: 9/23/2014 1:21:21 AM EST|